Instructions for voting

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  • How To: Register to Vote

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How to Register to Vote

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a South Dakota address
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 6
  • Not be currently serving any part of a sentence for a felony conviction
  • Not be currently judged by a court as mentally incompetent

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 22–Nov 5

You can vote in person at your County Auditor’s office

Be sure to bring a copy of an accepted ID

If you don’t have an accepted form of ID, you can provide information affirming your identity and have your form verified by a notary

Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM local time. If you’re in line by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a copy of an accepted ID.


Who can vote early

Any voter registered in South Dakota can vote before Election Day with an in person absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot received by
November 6

Vote early
Sep 22–Nov 5

You can vote in person at your County Auditor’s office

Be sure to bring a copy of an accepted ID

If you don’t have an accepted form of ID, you can provide information affirming your identity and have your form verified by a notary

Vote on Election Day
November 6

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM local time. If you’re in line by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a copy of an accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in South Dakota. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a South Dakota address
  • Be 18 before or on Nov 6
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not be currently serving any part of a sentence for a felony conviction

ID requirements

Bring one of the following with you when you vote early or on Election Day, or include a copy with your absentee application form when you mail it:

  • A South Dakota driver’s license
  • A South Dakota non-driver ID card
  • A US government photo ID card
  • A US Armed Forces ID card
  • A current student photo ID card from a South Dakota high school
  • A current student photo ID card from an accredited college, university, or postsecondary institution of higher education
  • A photo ID card from a federally recognized tribal government

If you don’t have any of these, you can fill out an affidavit confirming your identity and still be allowed to vote

Frequently Asked Questions